On This Day (June 17)…Happy Birthday, Igor Stravinsky!

The Russian composer Igor Stravinsky was born on this day in 1882. Photo of a young Stravinsky. Retrieved from here. While studying law to please his family in St. Petersburg, Stravinsky became a pupil of the legendary Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, putting him in company with the likes of Alexander Glazunov, Ottorino Respighi, and countless … Continue reading On This Day (June 17)…Happy Birthday, Igor Stravinsky!

On This Day (May 29)…The Rite and Riots of Spring

Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring premiered at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris on this day in 1913. Igor Stravinsky had been contemplating creating a ballet about a character who danced herself to death since he was deep in the process of creating The Firebird. He was later commissioned to create this ballet by … Continue reading On This Day (May 29)…The Rite and Riots of Spring